Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’, whose release has been postponed in India in the wake of protests by political parties and fringe groups, has been cleared by British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) for release in the United Kingdom. On Thursday, it was announced that the BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult. It listed the film on its official website, stating, “‘Padmavati’ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail.”
It also mentioned, “all known versions of this work passed uncut”.
PADMAVATI (12A) moderate violence, injury detail https://t.co/2S1pF33WVN
— BBFC (@BBFC)
Latest developments on the row indicate that Supreme Court will hear on November 28 a fresh plea seeking to block the release of the film outside India. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud agreed to hear the plea after the petitioner told the court that “grave damage would be done to social harmony if the movie was allowed to be released abroad”.
Another report claimed that the makers might not go ahead with the release owing to the possibility of the film being pirated before its release in India.
Meanwhile, twitterati has been quick to react to these developments and cheer the BBFC for their “impartial” judgment and have expressed their eagerness to watch the film in the UK if not in India. Others hit back at the state of affairs in the country by drawing references to web series ‘The Crown’ that is based on Britain’s reigning Queen Elizabeth II.
@BBFC Thank you for being impartial ❤️
— Piku ᴾᵃᵈᵐᵃᵛᵃᵗᶦ (@deepsphy)
If indeed #Padmavati has been cleared by the British certification board for release .. I am not sure how more emba… https://t.co/0CNJgYbLpX
— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari)
People of UK are going to see #Padmavati earlier than the audiences of India. A slap on the face of Indian people.
— Pritam Kanojiya (@HookerPritam)
No one knew about #KarniSena until #Padmavati controversy and now its leader, Lokendra Singh appeals to NRI’s in Br… https://t.co/xR6GOSmh5s
— Abraham Eliazer (@nautankwadi)
The Crown on Netflix has been filmed while the Queen is alive, with some unflattering, very private details scripte… https://t.co/2o5zPDhgeT
— Jai Singh (@JaiHe)
‘Padmavati’ has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused Bhansali of distorting history and thus opposing its release in various states across the country. Certain fringe group leaders also made headlines for issuing death threats and bounties for the heads of director Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone.
British censor board clears ‘Padmavati’